- A former chieftain of APC and Governor Aregbesola's aide, Peter Babalola has officially dumped party for PDP
- He was the chairman of Osun state local government service commission before his resignation on Thursday, August 23
- Babalola, however, vowed to lead PDP to victory during September 22 governorship election in the state
Elder Peter Babalola, a former aide to the Osun state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has officially dumped All Progressives Congress (APC) for his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Osogbo, Sola Adetona, reports that Babalola who resigned from Aregbesola's cabinet on Thursday, August 23, was received at the PDP's party secretariat, Osogbo, by the national vice chairman, Yomi Akinwonmi, the state party chairman, Soji Adagunodo and other big wig of the party on Friday, August 24.
It was gathered that the national vice chairman of the party, Akinwonmi, while addressing the crowd at the secretariat said: "I want to use this platform to warn INEC and Nigeria police not to steal our votes like they did in Ekiti state election."
He was received to the PDP by the state party chairman, Soji Adagunodo, who said he is happy that Babalola is coming back to the PDP, ”the house he joined other stakeholders of the party to build more than a decade ago”.
“He is joining us today with his teeming supporters, numbering over 8,000 across all the 30 local government areas of the state. He has come back to his house. He is teaming with us to take over power from the APC, Aregbesola and his cohorts.”
Speaking on his defection, Babalola said he dumped the party because of its failure to abide by principles of justice and equity.
“I am happy for seeing all of you again. We have to remember some of our leaders, who have passed on, including late Senator Isiaka Adeleke, Chief S. M. Afolabi. I would not be a passenger of a vehicle destined to crash. APC is destined to crash.
”The founding fathers of Osun underscored equity, fairness and justice, regarding all the constituents in the state. Our father, Chief Bisi Akande from Osun central senatorial district was the governor of Osun, after which Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola governed the state.
"The current governor who is almost completing eight years in office is from Osun east senatorial district.
“How can you now say Osun central should be the next governor. It is the turn of Osun west to produce the next governor.
"I have held talks with Dr Deji Adeleke, by the grace of God, the workers in the state would receive all the arrears of salaries owed them before the end of December 2018 when the PDP government takes over. All the pensioners would also receive their allowances, being owed them by the government,” he said.
Babalola was the chairman of Osun state local government service commission before his resignation on Thursday, August 23.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that there were indications that the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state may further be depleted ahead the Saturday, September 22, governorship election in the state.
NAIJ.com reported that this was due to the resignation of the chairman of Osun state local government service commission, Elder Peter Babalola, from the state government.
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It was reported that a letter addressed to the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, revealed that Babalola said his resignation was hinged on his desire to channel his energy to other endeavours.
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